2013 Atlantic Region Motor Sports Annual General Meeting
November 16th, 2013
Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Minutes recorded by Sherrie Hennigar, Transcribed by Gordon Sleigh
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Nov 03 2013
Well, RallyCrossers! I have good news and I have bad news.
The good news is that a number of competitors and motorsport community volunteers pitched in at the AMP Work party today to make the Back 40 better than ever for RallyCross. We excavated hundreds of pounds of Nova Scotia Geology from potential course routes and Bruce McNutt and his handy excavator made good dent in levelling out some of the rises and trenches that have formed over the years.
The bad news is currently the Back 40 is a sucking swamp of red AMP mud and no matter how dry it is for the next week we can’t run on November 10th without destroying the lot of the rest of the season. We need at least two weeks of dry weather or for the temperature to drop significantly and that’s just not going to happen. That means the first event is officially not going to happen.
We hope to see everyone ready to kick off the season on November 24th at Scotia Speed World instead where we’ll run rain, shine, sleet or snow! (I vote for Sun, though!)
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Oct 31 2013
Happy Halloween, rally fans!
Its scary how time flies but another year of rally in the Maritimes is drawing to a close! Don’t fear, though! There’s always lots of rally treats in every season for everyone!
The Bluenose Autosport Club’s Performance Rally series finished up its 2013 run on the all new Trout Lake roads in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia! These new roads provided plenty of all new challenges for the 6 teams entered, including the Canadian return of brothers Robert and Nathan Sockalexis from Maine! Robert and Nathan have previously visited our region for RallyCross events but stepped up their game this year with their Rally America prepared “2.2RS” Open Class Impreza! They handily took home second place honours after 6 stages chasing down overall winners Jonathan Conrad and Clarke Paynter in the 2002 Impreza WRX, who also claim the overall season championship! Full results for all performance rally events can be found on the Rally East website athttp://www.rallyeast.ca/!
Performance Rallying will be back next year, including the marquee Ledwidge Lookoff rally returning bigger and better than ever on August 23rd and 24th! Mark your calendars now, you won’t want to miss it!
Navigational Rallying has had another tough year with the long postponement of the ASCC regional rally in January due to weather and the cancelation of the October BAC T.O. Bridgewater Rally. After nearly a two year delay, the ASCC Regional Kennetcook Conundrum rally will finally take place on November 9th starting and ending in Enfield! This will be the second and final event of the 2013 Regional Navigational Rally series! Whether you’re an experienced crew with all the toys or a novice wanting to try it out this event is a must for anyone wanting to try out TSD Rallying! For details and Supplemental Regulations see:http://goo.gl/KTwYyM
Immediately after the Kennetcook rally on November 9th the 2013-2013 BAC RallyCross series starts off its 10 event season on November 10th at AMP! RallyCross is the cheapest and easiest way to get a taste for real sideways rally action out there whether you have a $200 beater or a $40k Fire Breathing STI! Come on out and give it a try! The full BAC RallyCross calendar can be found on the BAC Website at http://
Before the start of the RallyCross season we will be conducting a work party at Atlantic Motorsport Park this Sunday, November 3rd at 10am (remember the time change!) to clean up the Back 40 to make it ready for us to play on! More hands mean less work and we should be done in no time! Bring boots and gloves and appropriate weather gear!
With the end of the year approaching its also time for the Atlantic Region Motorsport Annual General Meeting which takes place November 15-17th at the Westin Nova Scotian in Halifax, NS. At the AGM we will discuss the past year and plan for the year ahead in all forms of ARMS sanctioned motorsport in the Maritimes. The AGM Rally Workshop will take place at the Westin on Saturday, November 16th at 1pm. All are welcome to come and talk rally and to plan for the future! For details on the AGM seehttp://goo.gl/xWFCpy
Also as a treat for rally fans we will be holding a screening of the new rally documentary “Easier Said than Done” by Matt Johnson at 1pm Saturday, November 2nd at the Riverside Pub in Bedford, NS. We will even be raffling off a copy of the movie on DVD as a door prize! All are welcome so drop by for a great flick with some great rally people! More information about the movie and a trailer can be found at http://
Remember that there are lots of ways to keep up to date with all the rallying information!
http://www.rallyeast.ca/ and https://www.facebook.com/
http://www.lookoffrally.com/ - The Ledwidge Lookoff Rally, the premiere Performance Rally event in the Maritimes!
Rally never sleeps so we hope to see you out at any of the events coming up in the near future! There’s rallying for every taste and every vehicle! Come on out and join the fun!
See you in the dirt!
ARMS Regional Rally Director
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Oct 28 2013
Ride along on Stage 1 with Sockalexis/Sockalexis from Maine. Robert’s first stage ever as a competitive driver and Nathan’s first stage as a Co-Driver!
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Oct 23 2013
Hey folks, we’re going to gather to watch Matt Johnson’s excellent looking documentary “Easier Said than Done“! I haven’t watched this yet, but it looks incredible! Swing on by for a watch with some good rally friends, some good rally beer and some good rally grub at the Riverside Pub, 1552 Bedford Highway at 1pm!
At the end of the showing we will be doing a door raffle for a DVD copy of the documentary! Come on out and get your juices flowing for the upcoming RallyCross season!
If possible please join the Facebook Event so that we can have an idea of how many people to expet.
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Oct 23 2013
As you may or may not know, Dave Hull with the help of others at AMP do a LOT of work in the AMP Back 40 to make it passable for rallycross. I know some people have found it pretty rough in the past but Dave has spent many hours of his own time to make it smoother than ever including removing brush allowing the use of parts of the Back 40 we haven’t had access to in years!
The side effect of this work, however, is the churning up of a bunch of new loose Nova Scotia granite and other geological features that need to be cleaned out before we can send anyone out for some sideways fun! As you can imagine this particularly needs to be done before the ground freezes!
Dave estimates that a half dozen people can get the job done in just a couple of hours, so lets step up! We currently only have two lots for our RallyCross series, so lets make sure they’re both as usable as they can be so we can have lots of fun!
The first event of the season takes place November 10th at AMP and November 9th is the ASCC Kenetcook Confusion TSD rally, so how about we aim for the morning of Sunday, November 3rd? If we hit it early we can be done in plenty of time to enjoy our weekend and get everything ready for the fun the weekend after!
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Oct 22 2013
The 2013 Bluenose Autosport Club Performance Rally season has drawn to a close with Sunday’s Trout Lake Rally which took place on all new stages in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia! 6 teams competed from as far away as Maine on these challenging, twisty roads with Jonathan Conrad and Clarke Paynter once again taking the overall victory in their 2002 Subaru WRX. Robert Sockalexis and Nathan Sockalexis traveled all the way from Maine for this event with both trying new challenges. While Robert is an experienced Rally America Co-Driver, formerly of the Double Plus Rally, this was his first driving event and the first rally ever for his brother Nathan! They took home a comfortable second place at the end of the day and an unfortunate To-Do list after pushing hard through the Flying Finish on the final stage resulting in some damage to their 2000 Subaru Impreza. We hope to see them again in 2014!
We thank all the Organizers, Volunteers and Competitors for all their tireless work to keep our sport going and growing in 2013! We’re already looking forward to the stages of 2014!
Results of all the Performance Rally events from this year can be found on the Performance Rally Results Page.
Photos by Harold Merklinger from all three events of 2013 can be found on the Bluenose Autosport Site.
Remember, this is the end of Performance Rally for 2013, but not the end of rally! The Kennetcook Conundrum TSD Rally is November 9th and the 2013-2014 RallyCross season kicks off the next day! There’s rallying for everyone’s interest and budget!
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